Lea Salonga Will Lead Fun Home in Manila

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Fun Home Lea Salonga, currently headlining Allegiance on Broadway, will lead the first international production of Fun Home in Manila in her native Philippines in late 2016. The Tony winner herself announced in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that she would play Helen Bechdel in Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s Tony-winning tuner, the role originated by Judy Kuhn.”Everyone in the theater was in tears at the curtain call (yours truly included),” said Salonga of her experience of watching the Broadway production. “I don’t recall a musical having that kind of effect. No big dance numbers, no large cast. Just a story about a family and its unique brand of dysfunction so specific, we all could find something to relate to.”Salonga earned a Tony Award for Miss Saigon, her Broadway debut. Her additional Great White Way credits include Les Miserables (playing both Eponine and Fantine), Flower Drum Song and Something Good. On screen, her singing voice can be heard as two Disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. She recently served as a judge on The Voice of the Philippines.Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home. The Main Stem production, which is running at Circle in the Square, won five Tonys, including Best Musical.Along with Kuhn, the Great White Way company currently includes Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Send Kinky Boots’ Todrick Hall Your Questions!

first_imgTodrick Hall as Lola in ‘Kinky Boots'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Todrick Hall is currently stepping into a dream on the Great White Red Way as Kinky Boots’ glitzy, glamorous Lola. The YouTube sensation and Broadway alum will take a brief break from strutting onstage in six-inch heels to play a round of Ask a Star at Broadway.com headquarters. This means we need your questions! Want to know what it was like to spend Turkey Day with Grammy-grabbing goddess Taylor Swift? What’s his favorite aspect of his Lola look? Which dream role has he got his eye on next? Ask Hall anything and everything below, and be sure to tune in when Kinky Boots’ sizzling star takes a seat on the Broadway.com Ask a Star couch to reveal the answers!<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1sx86t01txyxa8/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1sx86t01txyxa8/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Kinky Bootslast_img read more

Pariente looks to the future

first_img July 15, 2004 Regular News Pariente looks to the future Excerpts from her remarks at the Pass the Gavel ceremony “What does the future hold over the next two years for my time as chief? In this regard, I owe much to the predecessor chief justices who have embraced so many of the initiatives that have made Florida into a great judicial system—like Justice Shaw and his emphasis on the need for diversity in the court system, and Justice Barkett and her understanding of the need for long-range planning and her embracing the Unified Family Court, Justice Overton for technology and mediation, Justice Kogan for his understanding of the need for open access to our courts so today’s proceedings are being televised all over the world, and Justice Harding and his belief in the importance of judicial education and promoting public trust and confidence, and Justice Wells and his devotion to improving the manner in which we handle all our cases, including our death penalty cases, and his recognition of the need to advance technology, and, of course, Chief Justice Anstead who continued these legacies with his own personal touch of passionate advocacy for children.“So, you see, my agenda has already been set by my predecessors. Of course, my first priority is to continue to work together to ensure full and fair funding of the courts so that our citizens have equal access to justice no matter where they live or what they do for a living.“Second, we must continue to embrace technology—so that we can truly have an integrated judicial system where each judge has access to information needed to make informed decisions that will better serve our litigants and ensure that justice can be done. We must move toward electronic filing of documents to better serve both the litigants of this state and to help provide an even more timely appellate review process.“We must continue to be open to our citizens. Across Florida, thousands of people enter our courthouses every day. They come as lawyers and litigants, as jurors and witnesses, as friends, family, and interested observers. They seek justice on issues that run the gamut of human experiences—family disputes, financial disagreements, criminal matters—every matter from birth to death. The viability of our system depends on those who use our courts, and what they think about how we do our work. And what they think depends on the totality of what they observe and experience in our courts.” Pariente looks to the futurelast_img read more

Fake Lawyer Scammed $120K from Great Neck Man, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A third New York City man have been accused of scamming a 59-year-old Great Neck man out of $120,000 in a fraudulent Manhattan commercial real estate deal.Nassau County police arrested Roderick Allen on charges of grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument.Crimes Against Property Squad detectives alleged the 43-year-old Bronx man misrepresented himself as an attorney for the property seller and cashed the check that was supposed to be deposited in an escrow account.Allen will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Stop regulatory creep on credit unions

first_imgBy Jim NussleCredit union leaders will be in Washington, D.C. next month to tell their story of the daunting challenge they face as more and more regulation makes it harder and harder to stay in business. Too many are forced to consider merging with other credit unions as the cost and complexity of complying with regulatory schemes overwhelms their ability to provide service to members – regulatory schemes put in place to deal with the financial crisis that credit unions played no part in creating.Member-owned, not-for-profit, community-based credit unions have been there for their members in good times and bad. That’s just one reason more than 102 million Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner.  When the financial crisis threatened the economy and the financial livelihood of many Americans, credit unions were a safe harbor for consumers and small businesses who could not access credit elsewhere. The facts are not in dispute – during the financial crisis, banks withdrew access to credit to small businesses and credit unions kept lending.The problem is that in many cases regulators are applying one-size-fits-all regulation on depository institutions; and, when there are exceptions or exemptions provided in rulemaking, they are too narrow to be effective.  Since the beginning of the financial crisis, credit unions have been subjected to more than 190 regulatory changes from nearly three dozen Federal agencies despite the fact that credit unions in no way contributed to the financial crisis. This number doesn’t even take into account regulatory changes that come from state regulators.  Every time a rule is changed – even when it’s changed in an effort to reduce regulatory burden – credit unions, and by extension their members, incur costs.  They must take the time to understand the new requirement, modify their compliance processes, train staff, and so much more.  Even simple changes in regulation cost credit unions thousands of dollars and many hours: time and resources that could be more appropriately spent on serving the needs of credit union membersCredit unions’ are designed to promote thrift and provide access to credit for their members.  This is the mission that credit unions have fulfilled since their inception in the United States more than 100 years ago and the system’s size and growth in terms of membership loans and deposits, and its consistent soundness are indicators that credit unions succeed in fulfilling this mission.  Credit unions continue to deliver tremendous benefit to their members in terms of lower-interest rate loans, and lower-fee or no-fee products and services. And because credit unions are actively fulfilling their mission, consumers – credit union members and nonmembers alike – benefit to the tune of approximately $10 billion annually. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

7 reasons millennials are turning to credit unions instead of banks

first_imgby: Ellen ChangThe interest rates Taylor Rogich gets for his car and personal loans from his credit union are much lower than those from his traditional bank. That means the 24-year-old in Coconut Creek, Fla. will save hundreds of dollars over several years.It was the prospect of keeping that extra cash that drove Rogich to open his account at Navy Federal Credit Union to use for loans, instead of sticking only with a traditional bank.“I primarily use Bank of America for direct deposit and to pay monthly bills, but the benefits I receive from Navy Federal are phenomenally better,” he said.Rogich isn’t alone in eschewing traditional brick-and-mortar banks and joining credit unions for cheaper loans and better customer service. Between 2013 and 2014, nearly 2 million Millennials became members of credit unions, a 2% increase, said the Credit Union National Association, a Washington, D.C. trade group. Gen X-ers are also switching: 1.9 million opened accounts in the same period, and now 28% of credit union account holders are Millennials and 26% are Gen X-ers. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

This week: NAFCU monitoring Equifax breach, tax reform hearings

first_img continue reading » NAFCU this week will be monitoring several hearings on the Equifax data breach, which revealed the personal information of 143 million consumers, and following a House hearing on small business tax reform.Richard Smith, former chairman and CEO of Equifax, will be on Capitol Hill testifying about the company’s recent data breach before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Oct. 3 and the Senate Banking Committee Oct. 4. The House Financial Services Committee will also examine the Equifax data breach during a hearing Oct. 5.The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Oct. 4 looking into data-broker cybersecurity relating to the Equifax data breach.Also Oct. 4, the House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on small business tax reform. The White House and congressional Republicans last week unveiled their latest tax reform framework. While no changes to credit unions’ federal tax exemption were proposed, NAFCU remains vigilant in touting the importance of the exemption to the industry, consumers and the greater economy as Congress begins its work on this issue. Tomorrow, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on international tax reform. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

No fashion statements inside NBA bubble: Report

first_img“I think that takes away (from) originally what getting dressed was all about. It wasn’t even about the tunnel walk, it was more about getting dressed up and going to work. To me, it’s like a mindset, getting dressed and getting ready to go to my game. It puts me in the mindset that I’m ready to work and helps me find my focus.””Getting dressed at the hotel now will feel like an AAU tournament,” he added. “It’s AAU Nationals, it’s the Nike Super Showcase and one of those (tournaments) that we used to play in back in the day. I’m not feeling it. It just doesn’t feel NBA to me, but it is what it is.”The report said that numerous players anticipate using their sneakers and customized masks to make their fashion statements.The NBA plans to resume its season with a doubleheader on July 30 — Utah vs. New Orleans and the Clippers vs. Lakers in an all-Los Angeles battle — as 22 teams will be in Orlando to first play for postseason seeding and then compete in the 16-team playoffs.Topics : From there, per ESPN, photographers will be waiting as players arrive at the primary game court at HP Field House. The players will then go to the floor for pregame stretching and shooting.A closer look at everything inside the NBA bubble 👀(via @NBA)pic.twitter.com/dRxHlvnaBo— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 12, 2020According to ESPN, one factor behind the decision is that the team locker rooms at the arena do not have showers. Changing in close quarters without showering would be in conflict with the league’s desire to prioritize sanitation and social distancing, per the report. The league will have players leave the arena 40 minutes after the completion of their game and head back to their hotel.Rockets guard PJ Tucker, one of the players most famous for his attire and his sneaker game, laughed when told of the plan.”That is crazy,” said Tucker, according to the report. Add players’ famed fashion statements when entering the arena to the list of things excluded from the NBA bubble near Orlando.According to an ESPN report Sunday night, players will be required to “be in uniform and warm-ups when they arrive” to the arena for their games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.Despite the fact that player entrances into the arena and down the tunnel into the locker room have become popular pseudo-red carpet shows in the NBA, with some players using the opportunity to sport a variety of fashion styles, the NBA is telling players to get dressed in their full uniforms in their hotel rooms.last_img read more

Nearly 4,000 private markets funds seeking cash from investors

first_imgSource: PreqinThere were 3,869 funds seeking nearly $1.4trn from investors at the end of March“Despite their misgivings over asset pricing and the potential impact on performance, investors in most asset classes indicated that they intend to commit as much or more capital
 to the industry in 2018 as they did in 2017,” Preqin said in its Q1 2018 report.“While this is encouraging in some respects, it also adds to the challenges investors face as they proceed through the year: the number of funds in market makes it even more difficult to find funds that suit investors’ priorities and goals.”HeadwindsHowever, the data firm also warned that the number of funds closed and capital raised in the first quarter of the year indicated a slowdown relative to 2016 and 2017.In the first three months of 2018, 180 private equity funds closed raising $80bn between them. This compared to $120bn across 295 funds in the first quarter of 2017, and marked the first quarter since Q3 2016 that private equity funds had failed to raise at least $100bn.Fundraising in the private debt, real estate and infrastructure sectors also declined in Q1 relative to the same period last year. Direct lending funds in particular saw their lowest total capital raised since Q3 2016 ($5.1bn).Tom Carr, head of private debt products at Preqin, said: “This may simply be that the industry is pausing for breath before beginning another fundraising cycle. Dry powder available to fund managers remains high, and it may be that investors are waiting for firms to begin putting capital to work before making further commitments.“But the outlook for the rest 
of 2018 remains positive: the conditions that prompted such strong fundraising in 2017 are still in place, and funds in market have already raised significant sums through interim closes. If they hold a final close this year, we could see fundraising totals rise rapidly.” Private markets fund managers are seeking nearly $1.4trn (€1.1trn) in capital from investors – a record high, according to data firm Preqin.More than 3,800 funds were seeking investors at the end of March for investment in unlisted asset classes such as real estate, private equity and private debt, according to data collated by Preqin for the first quarter of the year.The majority of the 3,869 funds in the market were private equity strategies, accounting for two-thirds of funds and 61% of targeted assets.There were a record 642 private real estate funds open to investors at the end of March seeking $206bn, Preqin reported. There were 348 private debt funds seeking $168bn from investors, with almost half relating to direct lending vehicles.A further 178 funds were targeting $133bn to invest in infrastructure.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Leading local government providers sign up to cost code

first_imgBefore these names appeared on the LGPS’ list, the Advisory Board said code signatories accounted for more than £150bn (€171.5bn) of its total assets.In total, 49 asset managers and other investment service suppliers have officially adopted the transparency code.LGPS Central opens its doors with £12bnMeanwhile, one of the eight LGPS pools has officially opened for business with an initial £12bn of assets under management.LGPS Central aims to run at least £40bn from nine public sector schemes based in the Midlands.As IPE previously reported, the pool has launched three equity funds and plans to open at least two more later this year. LGPS Central has launched a passive global equity (ex-UK) fund, a passive UK equity fund, and a global dividend growth factor equity fund. In a statement, the pool said it would launch a £2.5bn global active equity fund and a £2bn emerging markets equity fund in the autumn.In addition, LGPS Central has assumed management of eight “advisory and discretionary mandates” on behalf of its nine pension fund clients.Joanne Segars, chair of LGPS Central, said: “After years of planning, we can now make a reality of asset pooling as we start to deliver cost savings, enhanced risk-adjusted returns after cost and a broader set of investment opportunities to our partner funds.“We are at the start of an exciting journey. I would like to thank the team at LGPS Central and the officers and members in partner funds for their hard work and support in getting us to this point.”CEO Andrew Warwick-Thompson added that the pool had appointed several staff members who transferred from the partner funds, bringing its full-time staff up to 32.“We are all now keen to get cracking on developing new products and services, and we look forward to working together with our nine partner funds to build LGPS Central’s capability and assets,” he said.LGPS Central aims to deliver cumulative cost savings of more than £250m over the next 16 years.The LGPS have faced a deadline of this month to finalise their asset-pooling plans. In IPE’s April magazine we provide an overview of the pools.    Aberdeen Standard Investments has signed up to an influential cost transparency code for the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).The €575.7bn group runs money for more LGPS funds than any other manager – 44 – according to the latest scheme annual reports.According to the LGPS Advisory Board’s website, M&G – which worked with at least 24 LGPS funds as of March 2017 – has also signed up to the code. Both companies previously told IPE they were working to meet the LGPS’ standards.Macquarie Investment Management, Jupiter Asset Management, Royal London Asset Management and Oldfield Partners have also signed in the past week, according to the Advisory Board. LGPS Central’s office is in Wolverhampton, EnglandCredit: Paul Cosminlast_img read more